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Itinerary prepared by City of San Antonio International Relations Office

Germany October 25-29, 2017

Benefit to San Antonio:

Through the signing of a Sister City Agreement, Darmstadt and San Antonio will jointly support
continued efforts to strengthen relations and promote economic cooperation, bilateral trade and
cultural and educational exchanges in fields including IT/cybersecurity, heritage tourism, aerospace,
biomedical/health care and new energy.

Germany is Europes biggest economy and the third largest export nation in the world. Germany is San
Antonios sixth largest export destination and numerous German companies are located in the San
Antonio area. Germany is a key target country for San Antonio according to the San Antonio Trade and
Investment Strategy. The mission allows elected officials to support UTSAs goal of attaining Tier One
status through their focus on outreach to and affiliation with international world-class research

Additionally, the Mayor will highlight San Antonios year-long Tricentennial activities and invite
Darmstadt and US Consulate officials to promote and visit in 2018. Darmstadt is already working with
local cultural organizations (Musical Bridges Around the World and Blue Star Contemporary) to send
musicians and artists to San Antonio for Tricentennial activities.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Country Overview and briefing by U.S. Consulate General staff members organized by U.S.
Foreign Commercial Service in Frankfurt

Tour of Merck Pharmaceutical to include a visit to Innovation Center followed by lunch hosted
by Merck Pharmaceutical.

Lord Mayor will take Mayor Nirenberg to a special ceremony to the victims of National Socialism
by the laying of stumbling blocks Stolpersteine during the lunch hour.

Round Table dialogue with arts and cultural leaders of Darmstadt with an opportunity to share
information about Darmstadt and San Antonio arts and cultural institutions.

Tour and overview of European Space Operations Center

Visit to Entega AG Darmstadts Utility Company

Meeting with Darmstadt Chamber of Commerce Industrie- und Handelskammer (Industry and

Meeting and overview with Fraunhofer Institute related to Advanced Research.

Visit to a Darmstadt high school to observe presentations by students from 3 different high
schools in Darmstadt with Mayor Reier of Darmstadt

Friday, October 27, 2017

Tour and Overview of The Cesah GmbH, the Center of Satellite Navigation Hesse.

Tour and Overview of The Highest initiative. Highest is the startup center of the TU Darmstadt.
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Tour and overview of the latest Darmstadt business incubator (a joint venture between the
Chamber of Commerce and City of Darmstadt) that will open in December.

Tour of the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research

Meeting at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF.

Meeting at the Faculty of Informatics, Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt)

Tour of Monuments of Remembrance: Kappelplatz, Synagogue, Sinti and Roma, and the John F.
Kennedy Haus.

Tour of Jefferson-Siedling and Discussion of Open Door Policy for refugees

Tour of the Hofgut Oberfeld, a bio-dynamic agriculture and organic farm with presentation by
The Hon. Jochen Partsch, Lord Mayor of Darmstadt

Naming Ceremony for a new Darmstadt tram: San Antonio

Darmstadt San Antonio Sister City Signing Ceremony

Darmstadt Technical University and UTSA MOU signing

Private dinner hosted by Lord Mayor Partsch and the City of Darmstadt with attendees to
include Darmstadt VIP guests and the U.S. Consul General in Frankfurt

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Tour of the Darmstadts Artist Colony, the Mathildenhhe, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage
Tentative List for 2019 with overview by its Director , Dr. Philipp Gutbrod accompanied by Lord
Mayor Partsch

Visit to University of Incarnate Word European Study Center in Heidelberg.

Delegation Members

City of San Antonio:

1. Mr. Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio

2. Mr. Manny Pelaez, Councilman of San Antonio
3. Ms. Sherry Dowlatshahi, Chief Diplomacy and Protocol Officer
4. Ms. Skadi Tirpak, Economic Development Manager

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce:

5. Mr. Michael Lynd, Board Member, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

6. Mr. Richard Perez, President & CEO, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Civic, Education, Business and Cultural Leaders (in alphabetical order):

7. Dr. Mauli Agrawal, Provost, University of Texas at San Antonio

8. Mrs. Sue Agrawal, Non-Profit Representative (Literacy & STEM Education)
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9. Mr. Robert Braubach, San Antonio Attorney

10. Mrs. Paula Gold-Williams, President & CEO, CPS Energy
11. Dr. Anya Grokhovski, CEO, Musical Bridges Around the World
12. Mr. Adam Hamilton, President & CEO, Southwest Research Institute
13. Mr. Phil Hardberger, Former Mayor of San Antonio
14. Mr. Randy Harig, Chairman of the Board, Texas Research and Technology Foundation
15. Ms. Kay Harig, CEO, Officesource Ltd.
16. Ms. Mary Heathcott, Executive Director, Blue Star Contemporary
17. Mr. Claus Heide, President of Beethoven Maennerchor
18. Mr. Johnny Hernandez, President & CEO, La Gloria
19. Dr. Angelika Jansen, Community leader
20. Ms. Linda Lopez-George, Director, Industry Relations & Strategic Partnerships, Office of the Vice
President for Research, UT Health San Antonio
21. Mr. Eugene Simor, President & CEO, Alamo Beer
22. Mrs. Neriza Simor, Alamo Beer
23. Mr. Eddie Williams, Culinary Blogger
24. Dr. Rene Zenteno, Associate Provost for International Initiatives, University of Texas at San

Cost of the mission and funding sources:

Mayor Nirenberg and the Citys Chief Diplomacy and Protocol Officer will travel to both Israel
and Germany during this trip. Their costs will be approximately $10,000 each, which includes
airfare, hotel, transportation and per diem for food and misc. costs such as baggage.
o The Mayors travel to Israel and Germany will be paid for through the Citys
Economic Development Departments International Initiatives Fund, which is part of
the General Fund.
o Travel for the Chief Diplomacy and Protocol Officer comes from the International
Relations Office budget, which is funded by the Hotel Occupancy Tax.
Councilman Pelaez and the Economic Development Manager are traveling only to Germany and
their costs will be approximately $3,000, including airfare, hotel, transportation and per diem
for food and misc. costs such as baggage.
o Councilman Pelaezs travel will be paid through his respective City Council office
budget, which is also part of the General Fund.
o Travel for the Economic Development Manager comes from the Economic
Development Departments International Initiatives Fund, which is part of the
General Fund.
The City of Darmstadt will cover the costs of ground transportation and Darmstadt will also host
most meals.